A young local fisherman called Percy Westrup, lived at 1 South Cottages in Thorpeness on the Suffolk coast in the early 1900s along with his wife. Percy used to trawl the waters along the coast in his boat from Thorpeness to Aldeburgh, catching cod and herrings to send off market.
The next day a coastguard on duty at Thorpeness spotted what looked like a bottle on the beach. He realised it was addressed to Percy’s wife, who lived just 300 yards away at 1 South Cottages. Imagine his wife’s surprise when the coastguard delivered Percy’s message in the bottle. Percy was delighted when several weeks later in the Orkneys he received a letter from his wife expressing her delight at receiving the message.